Green Steps - About - The team behind Green Steps
That's the spirit
The history of green steps
Green Steps was founded 2017 in Shanghai, a city with 27 million inhabitants, where we live since many years. We felt a need to instill environmental awareness into urban residents and save children from a spreading nature deficit disorder. Ever since then our mission is connecting you with nature.
If China can teach us one thing, then it is the economy of scale and the effects of a large population on the environment. We felt that we need to act. From China for the world.
We started by designing and facilitating experiential outdoor activities. We continued by training Nature Guides and now want to bring our work to the next level with a gamified platform which helps growing children’s empathy for the planet. What we know, we love. What we love, we protect.
We have recently registered a non-profit organization in Europe to link our efforts in China with the people of our home countries. 21st century solutions are global, not national.
2020 will be a decisive year for Green Steps as an organization and probably also for the world at large; and we need your support. Contribute with your time, your knowledge, your network and your financial resources to the best shot we have at solving the climate crisis.
Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I might remember. Let me do it and I will understand.
This is us
This is the team behind Green Steps
Co-Founder & CEO local services. Marine Biologist, Montessori teacher and MBA in sustainable tourism management; worked as a professional diver, hiking guide, team building facilitator and designer of ecotourism experiences. At home when walking off-track. Passionate about all kinds of outdoor activities
Sales director. 15 years of working experience in Japan and with Japanese MNCs. Montessori teacher and mother. Passionate about bringing to China best practices on holistic education from around the world.
Co-Founder & CEO global services. Former tech lawyer and corporate executive. Interested in providing technological solutions to social problems. Montessori teacher and father of two. Passionate about fixing the environment, reforming education and unfolding the human potential.
IT director. Free and Open Source tech enthusiast; Linux sysadmin developer; life-long volunteer for meaningful causes; promoter of a plant-based diet, of living in tune with nature, of rationality and tolerance.
Operations director. BSc in chemistry; outdoor enthusiast and certified sports trainer; NGO founder; hobby mountaineer; travel aficionado. Interested in finding global solutions for ecological problems.
Giuseppe de Stefano
Marketing director. Environmental journalist; visual communication lover; worked in several Chinese based startups; willing to preserve mountains and countrysides.
Corporate account manager & sourcing director. CSR and sustainability specialist with global supply chain expertise. Driven by a determination to create a positive environmental footprint and a lasting impact.
Funding manager. Non-Formal education enthusiast; striving for a green future, where everyone can enjoy nature; currently Studying International Vocational Education. Supporting Green Steps from Germany in EU projects
Nature Guide. Law degree; kayak coach; working experience as a farm agent; assistant teacher of guitar, keyboard, ukri and African drum. Likes cooking, nature, and physical exercise.
Nature Guide. Lived and worked in Qingpu national ecological village for 2 years; 3 years of part-time work experience in natural education; children's psychological consultation and three-level nutritionist certificate; WWF wetland guide.
Ping Jie 平洁
Translator. BA in German language from Capital Normal University; Flow artist; nature and music enthusiast. Passionate about contributing to make the world a better place.
Nature Guide & translator. 9 years in key account management in multinational corporations; Now, Montessori teacher and mother of a 3 years old boy. Passionate about improving early childhood education in China.
Accountant. Mother of a child. I hope all children will have the chance to grow up in a green environment. Love nature and tourism.
Service Designer. A BS in Industrial Design and a MA in Service Design between Milan and Shanghai. Believes in the role of design in making environmental care reasonable and actionable for everyone in their small way. Enjoys listening to stories, putting ideas on paper and growing things.
Wechat Content Editor. Malaysian born raised in Brunei, Borneo, graphic designer. During her spare time, she enjoys singing while playing with her ukulele and drinking coffee. And she is a big animal-lover.
Curious Camp Manager. Physics and sport science student; aspiring to become a teacher and inspire young adults and children to spend more time in nature; loves all kinds of outdoor activities.
Curious Camp Manager. BA in Romance languages, currently on her master’s in European Literary Cultures. Scout and volunteer, passionate about literature and outdoor education. Interested in organic gardening.
Wechat Content Creator. Passionate photographer, biker, and blogger. loves travelling, spreading happiness and raising awareness for sustainability. keen about connecting you with nature through her photos, videos and stories.
Carel van Apeldoorn
Entrepreneur, venture builder and former Start-up Grind Director. Rich experience in on- and off-line business development, with a strong global network in the start-up ecosystem.
Chemical engineer, PhD in biotechnology, longtime Top Executive in Multinational companies. Emphasis on organizational behavior and development, improvement of environmental and energy related processes.
Ph.D. Chemistry, independent management consultant to the chemical industry with focus on China. Passionate birder and photographer.
Lawyer and mediator with a focus on international commercial transactions. More than 20 years of experience in and with China, where he worked as country manager for a German environmental NGO. Languages include German, English, Italian, French, and Chinese.
Studied History, Geography and Political Sciences; retired Official at European Commission; Evaluator of European partnership projects
General practitioner & emergency doctor. Loves all kinds of outdoor-sports from high up to under water. Advices Green Steps in regard to first aid and risk assessment.
PhD in Environmental Science; founder of green think tank the Institute for Sustainable Environment and Energy (ISEE) and the first German Schrebergarden kind of community farm in Shanghai. Passionate about creating sustainable communities for a better world.
Independent tax consultant since 1984, specialized in agricultural taxation. Crazy about going to the mountains in summer as well as in winter. Advises Green Steps Europe in taxation and insurance matters.
Studied Geography and urban planning; with more than 25 years of integrated planning experience, in public, private and academia sector; Associated Partner Constellations International; master degree in mediation
Agronomist with interest on sustainable farming and soil fertility; traveled to different parts of the world to broaden his view beyond agriculture. Currently based in Shanghai working as consultant in crop nutritional management and soil fertility.
Managing Director at Publicis China, leading a multi-disciplinary team of consultants, strategists and creatives; since 18 years in China; special interest in data, analytics and optimization; founder of the Web Analytics Wednesday China after graduating with an MBA from the HKUST Business School.
Permaculture Designer and ISA Arborist practicing Beyond Organic, Bio-Cultural Farming. A Plant Nut focused on Healthy Living through food and consciousness.Permaculture Designer and ISA Arborist practicing Beyond Organic, Bio-Cultural Farming. A Plant Nut focused on Healthy Living through food and consciousness.
“The “modern” way of living made me forget that I was probably a passionate ecologist when I was 10 years old.” 2019 he left the corporate world to start up the Linkpro network with the hope to do more than just talking about what should be the place of humans in the Gaia ecosystem but to act, proposing corrective actions to industrial sites.
IAN DOUGLAS JONES
Creative director of polymath studio Atelier I-N-D-J, with a basis in architecture. Always had a strong affinity with nature, yet as its prescient decline emerges and response takes on urgency; Ian is tasking to reconcile a typically urbane profession with responsible and humane outcomes that benefit the natural world.
GEMME VAN HASSELT
Serial internet entrepreneur since 1997. Fascinated by data and how these rightly and/or wrongly influence the world around us. Currently living in Shanghai and soon roaming the world.
U.S. trained Doctor of Physical Therapy (Creighton University) specializing in manual therapy and educational lecturer. Tai Chi lover – integrating his healing practices with Tai Chi movements; board-certified ergonomic specialist evaluating human movement as it relates to the modern work environment.
Creative facilitator driven by passion to link people, potential and purpose. Founder of CONSTELLATIONS International, 2009 in Shanghai, 2016 in Berlin. Host of C*SPACE Berlin, hub for Sino-International change maker community. Background in China & Management studies. Initiator CITYMAKERS China-Europe network.
Master’s in Political Science and Business Administration, worked in fields of sustainable development, poverty alleviation and clean energy in the U.S., Germany, Italy, France, China, Tibet and Vietnam for past 25 years. Currently co-founder of solar rooftop energy company in Vietnam.
Our past interns
Business administration undergraduate student with a focus on environmental impact aleviation and social innovation.
Environmental Sustainablity bachelor, with a focus on environmental education and environmental resources management .
Graduated from high school in Switzerland.
Has been a member of a scout group for 12 years. As a scout leader organizes and facilitates regular activities and camps for children and teenagers all over the year.
Did a two-month internship with Green Steps in 2019.
Political Science Undergrad with an interest in youth activism, sustainability, gender equality and engaging young people in decision making.
"Why should I support Green Steps' campaign?"
Our crowdfunding campaign aims to establish 10 Nature Learning Centers in sub-urban and rural China: it is the first step to achieve our global vision and we believe that everybody should care. No solution to climate crisis is possible without China.
Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy
The philosophical foundation of the Waldorf approach, anthrosophy, underpins its primary pedagogical goals: to provide an education that enables children to become free human beings and to help children to incarnate their